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  • May 25, 2018

    Pa. Lawmaker Urges State Regulator To OK Sports Betting

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling on the state’s Gaming Control Board to roll out regulations for legal sports gambling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Murphy v. NCAA decision earlier this month, calling it a potentially "lucrative revenue source" for the perennially cash-strapped Keystone State.

  • May 25, 2018

    Biotechs Lead Wave Of New IPOs Filling June Pipeline

    A wave of venture-backed biotechnology and health care companies are lining up initial public offerings that could price in June, including at least eight that filed plans during the week of May 21, leading more than a dozen IPO prospects set to reignite deal flow in the coming weeks.

  • May 25, 2018

    Biz’s Co-Founder On Hook For $1.9M Tax Bill, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit on Friday upheld a $1.9 million judgment against the co-founder of a woodwork fabrication company accused of underpaying three years’ worth of federal payroll taxes, ruling that he had enough control of the business to render him responsible for paying up.

  • May 25, 2018

    Atty Gets 8 Years For Aiding Payday Lending Scheme

    A Pennsylvania federal judge sentenced an attorney to eight years in prison Friday for his role aiding a massive scheme to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of illegal payday loans channeled through Native American tribes.

  • May 25, 2018

    Laffey Bucci Snags Cosby Prosecutor For Injury Practice

    A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor who served on the team that recently helped convict actor and comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges left his job Friday to take a position with plaintiffs firm Laffey Bucci & Kent LLP.

  • May 25, 2018

    Buyers Can't Bar Testimony In Teva Pay-For-Delay Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has cleared Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. to use deposition testimony in an antitrust class action over an alleged pay-for-delay scheme for generic versions of cholesterol drug Niaspan, ruling that the pharmaceutical giant had not weaponized information protected by attorney-client privilege.

  • May 25, 2018

    Jewish Law Scholar Can Testify In Cozen Fraud Row

    A Pennsylvania judge said Thursday she will allow a jury to hear from a scholar of Jewish law about the "cultural norms and business practices" at play in a Philadelphia real estate deal at the center of an investor’s accusations that he was duped by broker Cushman & Wakefield and lawyers at Cozen O'Connor and Blank Rome LLP.

  • May 25, 2018

    Ex-Pa. AG's Perjury Conviction Upheld By Appeals Court

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday rejected a bid by the state's disgraced ex-attorney general to throw out her perjury conviction on grounds that the special prosecutor who investigated her had been vested with impermissibly broad powers.

  • May 25, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Davis Polk, Wachtell, Hogan

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Wabtec merged with General Electric’s transportation unit in an $11.1 billion deal, NextEra snapped up Southern Co.'s Florida utilities for $6.48 billion, MB Financial and Fifth Third merged in a $4.7 billion deal, and Adobe acquired Magento for $1.68 billion.

  • May 24, 2018

    Seeger Weiss Gets $52M Of $85M NFL Concussion Suit Fees

    A Pennsylvania federal judge distributed more than $85 million in fees to the class attorneys in the NFL concussion suit Wednesday, including a nearly $52 million share for co-lead class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP.

  • May 24, 2018

    Pa. PUC Judge Orders Shutdown Of Sunoco Pipelines

    An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has ordered Sunoco LP to shut down operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state and halt construction on two others, siding with a Pennsylvania state senator who claimed the projects were fraught with environmental and safety issues.

  • May 24, 2018

    Aetna Says Law Firm Responsible For Health Info Breach

    Aetna Inc. has filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing the class counsel in two underlying privacy suits against the insurer of being responsible for a settlement mailing that allegedly violated members’ privacy anew by potentially revealing their HIV status and launched a new round of litigation.

  • May 24, 2018

    Chinese Co.'s Suit Over GSK Probe Tied To US, 3rd Circ. Told

    A pair of consultants who alleged that they landed in a Chinese prison after GlaxoSmithKline LLC duped them into investigating an innocent whistleblower told the Third Circuit on Thursday that they meet the “domestic injury” requirement for filing a federal racketeering claim because their business is closely tied to the United States even though it is located in China.

  • May 24, 2018

    Pa. Justices Pass On Firm's Push To Bar Ex-Legal Asst.'s Aid

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a decision allowing an ex-Ligonier Law part-time legal assistant to receive unemployment benefits after the firm fired her for refusing to return to full-time status.

  • May 24, 2018

    Kirkland Guides LNK's $100M Investment In Dermatology Biz

    Private equity firm LNK Partners, with assistance from legal adviser Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has agreed to inject $100 million into Schweiger Dermatology Group to help the dermatology practice expand throughout the Northeast, according to a Thursday statement.

  • May 24, 2018

    After Corruption Ruling, Pa. Senate OKs Restitution To Gov't

    In the wake of a landmark ruling voiding a restitution payment in a corruption case against a state lawmaker, the Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill that would explicitly allow the state and other entities to recoup funds for crimes committed at their expense.

  • May 23, 2018

    Patient Wants Sanctions For Gov’t Atty’s Depo ‘Coaching’

    A woman suing the federal government for medical malpractice asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday to impose sanctions for an assistant U.S. attorney’s allegedly improper “coaching” of a nurse defendant during a deposition.

  • May 23, 2018

    Uber Removes Self-Driving Cars From Arizona After Crash

    Uber Technologies Inc. will stop operating self-driving cars in Arizona following a fatal accident in Tempe, but will focus on its driverless testing in California and Pennsylvania, the ride-sharing giant said Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-Penn State GC Defends Self In Sandusky Case Hearing

    A former Pennsylvania State University general counsel and onetime Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice testified Wednesday that the yearslong threat of formal discipline over alleged conflicts and privilege violations during the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse investigation had left her unable to sleep and caused her hair to begin falling out.

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Dodges Arbitration Over $500K Settlement Advance

    A Pennsylvania federal judge shut down an attempt by a third-party claims funder to initiate arbitration proceedings against a former NFL player who is expected to collect $3.5 million from a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries, ruling that the settlement agreement voided all third-party funding agreements.

Expert Analysis

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

    Alan Guy

    As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital.

  • CPSC Steps Up Action On Safe Product Packaging Standards

    Amy Rubenstein

    For the first time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has imposed a civil penalty against a company for violations of Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards — despite no evidence of consumer injury. Prudent pharmaceutical and household product manufacturers may want to review their packaging compliance programs and reporting, to avoid penalties, litigation and recalls, say Amy Rubenstein and Jamie Davis of DLA Piper.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • New Medical Marijuana Challenges For Pa. Employers

    John McDonald

    As access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continues to grow — to date, 22 dispensaries have opened throughout the state — employers face fresh concerns about the impact of legalization on their operations as well as their obligations under the law, say John McDonald and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.